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New York Giants (Last Year: 10-6)
And who out there thought in the preseason that the Giants would be Super Bowl champs (NYG fans excluded of course)? Well, if this wasn't the season to prove that defense wins championships, then I guess it never will be. Shutting down the best passing offense in NFL history was quite impressive, but there is more work to be done here by Jerry Reese and company.
The defense has many needs, and some talent could be added on offense to make it even more explosive. On to their draft range with the last pick in the first round:
Fred Davis/Dustin Keller:
This is my sleeper for the Giants here, but it won't be as astonishing if Jeremy Shocker is traded. Kevin Boss was somewhat productive toward the end of the season and playoffs, but he will never be a game-breaker. Davis and Keller bring the vertical threat Eli would love because they have the speed after the catch to make big plays in the passing game.
Erin Henderson/Xavier Adibi:
A stud weakside linebacker is going to be highly coveted in this draft for the Giants. Kawika Mitchell left for Buffalo in free agency; Gerris Wilkinson is not an adequate starter. A WILL linebacker with a lot of range and big play ability brings a different dimension to this defense. Henderson can play all three linebacking positions, so he has more value here than Adibi.
A run plugger could really be used next to Jay Alford, who looked great in the playoffs. Pat Sims is the prototype of what they are looking for physically, but questions remain if he will ever play up to his measureables. Trevor Laws makes sense at 31 as well.
The loss of Gibril Wilson will show next season if someone isn't brought in to compete with second-year scrub Michael Johnson. Kenny Phillips and DaJuan Morgan are first-round possibilities.
Marcus Harrison and Red Bryant would be really great picks at the end of the second or third rounds. They would help plug up the run, which is what you need to do in the NFC East. For a late-round selection they might take looks at Nick Hayden and Letroy Guion.
If they don't go safety at 31, it must be addressed in the next two rounds. Thomas DeCoud, Tyrell Johnson, and Quintin Demps would be great fits in this defense as well. I've been saying this for a while, and keep your eye on Terrell Thomas as a move from corner in college to safety (like Tanard Jackson).
In terms of middle-round weakside linebackers, those that fit the bill for the Giants defense are Ali Highsmith, Tavares Gooden, Wesley Woodyard and Jordan Dizon in the second to fourth round draft range.
An upgrade could be made at left guard to beat out Rich Seubert. Eric Young, Jeremy Zuttah, Oniel Cousins and Mike McGlynn would all be solid picks in the third or fourth rounds.
Jerry Reese obviously could pass on Dustin Keller and Fred Davis in Round 1, but depth at that position would be needed. Kellen Davis, Martellus Bennett, Jermichael Finley and Jacob Tamme would be welcome additions to the offense in the second to fourth round draft range.
The Giants arguably had one of the best drafts in 2007 (at least thus far). I mean, if it weren't for players such as Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford and Kevin Boss, this team doesn't win the Super Bowl.
For anyone who thinks the draft doesn't matter, please point to the team that defied the odds and won the Super Bowl, beating the immortal New England Patriots. Reese is a big reason why this team got their rings, but will he follow it up with another great draft? This is a team I am definitely going to have my eye on during draft weekend.
New York Giants 2008 Offseason Needs
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